Google is using this year’s release to significantly update the operating system’s brand and naming scheme.
Moving forward, “Android” will just be followed by a version number. This tradition of naming major releases with desserts dates back to Android 1.6 Cupcake in 2009.
Like the Android 10 naming change, the primary goal of this new look is accessibility. It starts with something as fundamental as color, with the “android” wordmark — which has been slimmed down with a tweaked font — now in black. The previous green was hard to see for those with visual impairments.
While I understand the decision to move away from the dessert names for the sake of clarity, I’ll miss them. One of my favourite parts about Android was how playful the whole idea of the version names were, and how Google would include an easter egg that played off the dessert they chose for that particular version.
I love the refreshed look of the Android logo, the new green (accessibility!) used for the mascot and the new guidelines for placement of the logomark in relation to the type. I think this new look blends with that Google’s been doing to refresh their own brand, Material Design, and the like.